Living Labs 1.0
The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance is building a global network of Living Labs for Nature, People and Planet.
These Living Labs are part of the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023. The CBA charity is currently scoping new Living Labs for 2024.
Our Living Labs demonstrate how harmony can be achieved by empowering nature and people in a concrete territorial context, integrating traditional knowledge, capitalizing on new research and innovation and based on public-private partnerships that place local communities at their centre. Each Living Lab uses a landscape restoration project as the starting point to catalyse the development of circular bioeconomy value chains while restoring biodiversity and local livelihoods. They are the start of a journey towards more resilient communities and landscapes.
Understanding the landscape and the interactions among its stakeholders, to build a Common Territorial Agenda with them that captures their long-term vision of sustainability.
This Living Lab aims to restore degraded land and improve the livelihoods of local populations through sustainable agroforestry cotton farming approaches.
The CBA is partnering with national and international organizations to create a Transboundary Regional Living Lab to enhance the resilience and adaptation of all mountain ecosystems and their communities in East Africa. This Living Lab in West Rwanda is the first phase.
This multi-year project will restore and protect mangroves in North Sumatra, as well as provide economic opportunities to local communities.
This community-based, multi-year project aims to involve traditional populations from protected reserves and family farmers in the creation of forests and agroforests.
This 5-year project will protect and connect old growth forest fragments in Romanian Carpathians, as well as restore ancient orchards and wildflower meadows while providing new economic opportunities to local communities.
This 3-year community-based project in the Eastern Himalayas aims to both preserve and develop local biodiversity, as well as fostering community resilience.
This two-year project aims to put trees and their countless benefits back at the heart of farmers’ daily lives.
This 10-year community-based project in Atebubu, Ghana aims to foster both ecological and community resilience.